Betts and Coorg ornithology

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Presentation made at the Forestry College, Ponnampet in 2010 on the work of F N Betts as an inspiration for ornithologists in Coorg

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Betts and Coorg ornithology

  1. 1. F N Betts (1906-1973) An introduction to his ornithological contributions L. Shyamal [email_address] Catriona Child
  2. 2. Shyamal, L. 2007. Opinion: taking Indian ornithology into the Information Age. Indian Birds 3(4):122-137 . Image: Wikipedia The historical context
  3. 3. Image: Smithsonian Museum's website http://www.si.edu/.
  4. 4. The places <ul><li>Halagote Tank </li></ul><ul><li>Hebbale (Ixobrychus sinensis) </li></ul><ul><li>Palhalli near Seringapatam (Ranganathittu?) </li></ul><ul><li>Belur Golf-course near Somwarpet </li></ul><ul><li>Milkutty (Rocky crags near Somwarpet) </li></ul><ul><li>Yaslur (Alexandrine parakeet) </li></ul><ul><li>Brahmagiris </li></ul><ul><li>Fraserpet </li></ul><ul><li>Mysore </li></ul><ul><li>Belur </li></ul><ul><li>Kudremukh </li></ul>
  5. 5. Local knowledge
  6. 6. Problems with the books
  7. 7. Missed ?
  8. 8. Still unknown
  9. 9. Out of place
  10. 10. Timing
  11. 11. <ul><li>Betts,FN (1951) The birds of Coorg. Part I. </li></ul><ul><li>J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(1):20-63. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Wood snipe (Gallinago nemoricola) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>28-January 1938 </li></ul></ul>Rarities
  13. 13. Further study needed
  14. 14. Dummy nests
  15. 15. JBNHS 1937-1938 Ecological notes
  16. 16. <ul><li>1951. The birds of Coorg. Part I. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(1):20-63. </li></ul><ul><li>1951. The birds of Coorg. Part II. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(2):224-263. </li></ul>Consolidation
  17. 17. Concepts - niches, allopatry
  18. 18. <ul><li>The breeding seasons of the birds in the hills of South India - Ibis 1952 </li></ul><ul><li>Based on 7 years, 573 nests of 140 species </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum bird-breeding activity after the winter minimum and least during the rains </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks Salim Ali and R E Moreau </li></ul>Looking at patterns
  19. 19. A lull during the rains
  20. 20. Seabirds on Aride <ul><li>Birds of the Seychelles with Desmond Vesey-Fitzgerald (1940) </li></ul>
  21. 22. Data collation
  22. 23. Large scale studies
  23. 24. Accumulating evidence
  24. 25. Seeing the difference
  25. 26. Keeping an eye on change
  26. 27. Fact or fiction?
  27. 28. From Garcia, CA et al. 2009 Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes: Challenges and Opportunities of Coffee Agroforests in the Western Ghats, India. Conservation Biology Slow changes can be missed 1977 1997
  28. 29. From Garcia, CA et al. 2009 Biodiversity Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes: Challenges and Opportunities of Coffee Agroforests in the Western Ghats, India. Conservation Biology An opportunity 2007

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